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May 27, 2008, 5:29 pm

OK. I know I said I would try and keep updates more regular but I have been under a lot of pressure to produce a new car portrait commission for the tool company I did the muscle cars for. It's a poor excuse but its the only one I've got. So anyway I had a go at drawing a dambuster Lancaster is the result.....

This is the first time I have tried a drawing like this at such a size. It was drawn at A2 size (594mm x 420mm). The guy commissioning it was very pleased with it, although he thought it was quite a bit bigger than he had expected (I think he wanted it to be about half the size I drew it), and took it to get it signed by one of the remaining pilots left alive. He has since come back and commissioned another WWII plane (with a not so tight deadline) I'll post it here when I have finished it.

Work is progressing on a number of other pieces and I will post more news tomorrow.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful stuff Alan!

I am intrigued about how you work, your methods and process - do you go straight into doing a photorealistic image or is there a significant amount of prep work - as the pencil sketches are extremely clean (one of my downfalls being lefthanded).

4:32 pm  
Blogger alan said...

Thanks for the comment. The answer is - Yes, there is a significant amount of prep work. I always start with preliminary sketches some of which appear on line. I then photocopy them up in size and use them to trace on to the stretched canvas. I then clean up my trace and paint the solid black first. Then I add base colour - usually washes and then build up colour until I am happy with the result.

6:44 pm  

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